The Vallican Whole Community Centre has spent the past two years getting itself all gussied up, and now it’s time to celebrate. Several exciting events are coming up. The plans are made, the invitations are going out, and now all that’s needed is for everyone to show up and enjoy.
First of all, Saturday, Jan. 23 is the beloved winter Locavores’ Feast, followed by the equally popular Six Slocan Valley Minutes. This year’s feast is also an opportunity to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals who contributed to the Whole’s massive retrofit: new roof, new heating system, new doors, new accessibility features, and more. The Whole is inviting these generous folks to the event to showcase the building, thank them and welcome them to share in this celebration of community and abundance.
Of course the success of this event depends on community members in many ways, from the sharing of harvest and kitchen skills to all kinds of daring antics and skillful presentations on stage after dinner (but only for six minutes — or be swept off stage by the bearer of The Hook!) Now is a good time for everyone to whip up some creative contributions, both culinary and cultural/crazy/kinetic. Doors open 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., SSVM at 7 p.m.
As always the organizers are asking community members to bring generous potluck contributions, this time maybe just a little more generous than ever as the idea is to treat the renovation supporters to a feast. The Whole will be laying on extra entrees, and the rest of the festive table is up to everyone. It takes a community to build a community centre, and to create a community feast.
And there’s more. Next up is an extraordinary series, Up Close and Intimate, three outstanding events starting with Love … and all that Jazz on Valentine’s Day, then the Kootenay Divas, then Lucas Myers.